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The Jamestown City Council has making application to the Empire State Development Corporation for RESTORE-New York funding for a proposed development project at a former bank building.  Lawmakers voted unanimously last night to apply for up to 500-thousand dollars to help redevelop the former Key Bank building at the corner of North Main and East Second Streets.  Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says they believe the project would be perfect use for those funds. The project... which would include some commercial and professional office space development... is being proposed by the new owner, Arnold Duke, who has talked with city officials about possible development of the structure.  Dolce says it would be the second of three major bank buildings in the downtown area that have been vacated... but, have had new businesses move into them.  City Principal Planner Bill Rice says one potential business could bring 25 to 30 new, "high-paying" jobs to the downtown area.


The Jamestown City Council has approved a plan to buy new software for the system that manages the city's vehicle fleet.  Public Works Director Jeff Lehman recently told lawmakers that the current system is 20 years-old... and, has had big problems in recent months.  The city will also be buying the hardware needed for the new system.  Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says they approved two measures to upgrade the antiquated system... something a special committee he has headed up has pushed for. Originally... Lehman said he, and others including City Comptroller Joe Bellitto, have been looking at equipment and the costs from various companies.  He says they started with a cost of 95-thousand dollars for just the software.  However... they were able to get the price under 30-thousand dollars.  One resolution authorized buying the software from Collective Data of Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 29-thousand-900 dollars.  The second was with Dell of Round Rock, Texas for 95-hundred dollars for the server and workstations for the new system.  The new system will be purchased with 40-thousand dollars from the city's Contingency Account.


A Panama man has been arrested for allegedly trespassing on another person's property, and threatening them with a metal chain.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Goshen Road in Panama about 3 PM Monday on a report of a disorderly person.  Deputies investigated the incident.. and, found that 48 year-old Scott Dickerson had allegedly threatened another man and a woman at that location.  Officers later arrested Dickerson for second-degree menacing and criminal trespass.  He was arraigned and sent to the County Jail with bail to be set.


Authorities have now identified the three people killed when their two small airplanes collided and crashed in western New York.  Both pilots and one passenger were killed in the crash in North Collins on Sunday morning.  Erie County authorities identified the victims Monday as 60-year-old Paul Rosiek, of Hamburg, and Richard and Kathleen Walker, who were both 69 and lived in Eden.  An investigation is underway into what caused Rosiek's Cessna 120 and the Walkers' Piper Cherokee to collide after leaving Hamburg Airport on route to St. Marys, Pennsylvania.  Authorities say they were part of a group that routinely flew together on Sundays.  National Transportation Safety Board investigator Robert Gretz says a preliminary report is expected within 10 days.


Across the country, young people are being imprisoned because their families are unable to pay fines or court fees, according to a new report. "Debtor's Prison for Kids," by the Juvenile Law Center, says the practice can pull young people deeper into the juvenile-justice system. In many states, court-imposed fees can include the cost of tests and evaluations, rehabilitation, probation and court operation. Jessica Feierman, associate director at the center, calls it a punishment for being poor. The study says in New York, where judges have discretion to order juveniles to pay restitution, there are fewer financial penalties for juvenile offenders than any other state. But, unlike most states, New York still automatically charges people as young as sixteen as adults, making them susceptible to fines and fees. And while it is rare for anyone to be jailed for failure to pay, according to Tina Luongo with the Legal Aid Society of New York, those fees can cause serious problems. Feierman notes the research shows young people of color are more likely to have unpaid justice-system costs. Some jurisdictions, such as Alameda County in California and Washington State, have taken steps to repeal fees and fines in their juvenile-justice systems.


New York conservation officials say the fall hunting seasons for turkeys, pheasants and waterfowl begin Oct. 1.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says the season for wild turkeys will run Oct. 1-14 in the state's Northern Zone, Oct. 15-28 in the Southern Zone and Nov. 19 to Dec. 2 in Long Island's Suffolk County.
The statewide season bag limit is one bird of either sex. The department says about 30,000 adult pheasants will be released on lands open to public hunting. The pheasant season begins Oct. 1 in the northern and eastern portions of the state, Oct. 15 in central and western regions and Nov. 1 on Long Island. Adult hunting seasons for waterfowl including ducks, coots, mergansers, snow geese and brant all begin Oct. 1 in southeastern New York.


Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey is trying to turn his refusal thus far to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump into a strength.  In a Monday appearance... at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Toomey insisted there's no evidence his Democratic challenger Katie McGinty would stand up to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, should Clinton be elected.  McGinty is broadly in line with the top priorities of President Barack Obama and Clinton, and has endorsed Clinton.  Polling shows McGinty and Toomey in a neck-and-neck race that could tilt Senate control.  Toomey is routinely criticized by Republicans who support Trump for refusing to back the billionaire developer.  Toomey says he's weighing Trump's "outrageous and offensive" statements with the good Trump could accomplish.